Roundtable Discussions

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Residential Models of the Future.

What should residential services look like in the future?  Are there innovative approaches to providing residential services being used now?  Join us for the discussion of residential models of the future.

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

CMS Update

Jeri Jackson from the Kansas City Regional Office joins us to share the latest information from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Innovative Approaches to Managing Challenging Behaviors.

Come and share creative thoughts and ideas about how to effectively manage challenging behaviors exhibited by individuals in different environments.


Video Theater

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Making a Life: Opportunity Not Disability

Discover a variety of individuals with different disabilities who not only participate and work in the community, but thrive because they were given an opportunity. In this film, social workers, special education teachers, employers, and those with disabilities discuss society’s perceptions and how when given a chance, people rise to the challenges of life.

Running time: 28 minutes

Strong Love

A compelling story of Jon Shapiro, a world class weight lifter, and his childhood sweetheart Holly James, both of whom were born with Down Syndrome.  Follow the adventure of the couple’s life from their challenges and triumphs to relationships with family starting with their decision to get married.

Running time: 56 minutes

Oops, Wrong Planet: Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome

Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, and Van Gogh all displayed symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome but not every person with Asperger’s is a genius.  The film follows a self-described unconventional person who discovers he matches up with the general Asperger’s profile. He sets out on a journey to learn all he can about the disorder and whether or not he truly has it.  Take a warm and understanding look into the different world of autism spectrum disorders.

Running time: 52 minutes